DIY Candy Christmas Wreath Video Tutorial

DIY Candy Christmas Wreath (VIDEO)

Craft supplies - lollipop, cupcake, unicorn, donut

Aren’t these candy and cupcake supplies amazing! When I saw them I fell in love with them and had to find a project to use them. They are sparkly, cute and just plain fun! Unfortunately last year’s Christmas wreath was wrecked in a snowstorm. Thus I needed a new wreath to adorn my door. So this was the perfect excuse to make something non-traditional and glittery. And did I mention I sneaked a unicorn onto the wreath – it’s subtle, but she’s there. Really, why wouldn’t you put this classic unicorn on a Christmas wreath. 

I bought all the supplies at Michael’s and probably spent way too much on this DIY lol! Sometimes when you buy craft supplies it gets expensive and you think, “hey, maybe I should just buy it?” It probably would have cost the same amount to buy it – but I do it for the process. And the candy details were so pretty, I couldn’t resist a DIY. 

Follow the video or step-by-step below to make your own. 

Supplies

Christmas Wreath supplies - cupcakes, unicorn, donut
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Sparkly silver branch wreath form
  • Polka dot ribbon (two types and sizes)
  • Cupcake, lollipop and donut elements
  • Sparkly sticks (for floral arrangements)
  • Unicorn
Sparkly Unicorn on wreath

Instructions

  1. Glue ribbon #1 in a zigzag pattern across the wreath
  2. Glue ribbon #2 in a zigzag pattern in the opposite way on the wreath in the places the first ribbon didn’t touch.
  3. Separate your sparkly branch elements
  4. Glue branches sporadically across the wreath evenly
  5. The fun part! Glue all your candy elements throughout your wreath (unicorn included)
  6. Hang your wreath and admire it.

I’m so happy with how this wreath turned out, I smile at the whimsy and sparkle every time I leave the house. Also, adding the unicorn is the sprinkles on the cupcake!

Candy themed Christmas wreath

What do you think? Don’t you love the candy elements?

If you like this wreath, see last year’s DIY Christmas Ball Wreath.

Ali Express Frozen Costume Review

Cheap Frozen Costume (AliExpress Review)

Elsa Frozen Cosplace

As a favour to a friend I agreed to dress up like Elsa from Frozen for her three year old’s birthday party. But let’s be honest, being a Disney princess for a day is more of my dream than the child’s. I did my best to whip up a cheap costume that I didn’t have to DIY too much- as much as I love to make my own costumes, I just didn’t have the time.

The entire costume cost under $20 as I used things I already owned (besides the dress). I must admit my tickle trunk of supplies may be more than the average person – so hopefully you have similar items at home. The main part of the costume is the princess dress which I bought from AliExpress for around $17 with shipping.  So it was likely cheaper to buy the dress than DIY my own. But it was sooo see-through. I needed to wear a few layers underneath that made me look bigger than I am and ruined the line. If you buy this dress get a good slip so it doesn’t look bulky like mine did. Although the quality was poor the fabric had stretch so it fit fine, which is always a risk when buying online.  As dresses go, it will make you look close enough to Elsa, so for the price I’d recommend it.

I used an old blonde wig I had from previous costumes and braided it to the side. I had rhinestone snowflake clips that I put in the braid and beside my ear to add sparkle and keep the wig in place.

For the makeup I wore gobs of purple eyeshadow with shimmer over it and added false lashes that had silver tinsel in them. I also paired it with a pop of pink lips. For the earrings I wore shiny crystal studs.

For a cheap princess costume I’d recommend going this route- but shipping takes awhile.

Bought

  • Dress: Ali Express

Already Owned

  • Blonde wig (my hair was too short to go natural)
  • Shiny snowflake hair clips
  • Slip to go under the see through dress
  • Shiny purple makeup
DIY Queen of Hearts Costume - DIY a tutu, crown, deck of cards collar and scepter! Off with their heads!

DIY Queen of Hearts Halloween Costume (VIDEO)

DIY Queen of Hearts Costume-Step by step video tutorial to make the tutu, crown, scepter and deck of cards collar.

Queen of Hearts DIY Costume

Queen of Hearts DIY Costume -

If you know anything about me you know Halloween is my Christmas. As October approaches I’m really getting into the spirit. Making costumes from scratch is one of my essential things to do for Halloween. Last year I did my own version of the Queen of Hearts from Alice and Wonderland. Some pieces were bought, but the main parts were DIY’d. I forced my partner to be the Mad Hatter and by fluke my bestie and friends of friends also dressed up as the characters – so I had an entire crew to match my costume.

Couples costume - Alice in Wonderland

Click below to watch the full DIY costume video.

Full disclosure the costume is comprised of bought and handmade items.

Bought

  • Corset
  • Black and white tights (dollar store)
  • Flamingo Purse

DIY

Queen of Hearts accessories - DIY

  • Card Collar
  • Tutu
  • Crown
  • Pleated Cuffs
  • Scepter
  • Earrings

CARD COLLAR

Supplies

  • Deck of cards
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Fishing line/invisible thread (to tie ends together)

Instructions

  1. Spread the cards out. I used a memory wire to gauge the size of my neck as I added cards
  2. Glue the cards together on an angle ensuring the number at the top shows
  3. Keep gluing the cards on an angle and bend into shape as you do
  4. Once it is long enough bend it again and turn over
    Glue spaces on the back
  5. Glue cards flat on the back to secure it more (this is optional)
  6. Poke tiny holes in the bottom corner of the outside cards. You will put a fishing line through this and lie together to secure it

TUTU

This tutu is no sew, except for sewing the elastic together. However you could tie the elastic, but that is lazy and poor craftsmanship! Lol

Supplies

  • Tulle (black and red)
  • Elastic

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Cut a wide (at least an inch) piece of elastic around half an inch smaller than you waist
  • Sew ends together with machine or by hand
  • Cut strips of tulle that are around 1-2 inches in width. The length of the strip is doubled the length of the skirt. I wanted mine shorter in the front and longer in the back so I gradually cut longer and longer lengths from the short length in the front.
  • Fold strip in half
  • Fold the loop over the elastic waistband and pull the two ends through the loop and pull tight
  • Repeat in the colour and length pattern you desire

EDWARDIAN CUFFS

Pleated Queen of Hearts Cuffs

Supplies

  • White cotton fabric
  • White Lace
  • White Ribbon
  • Thread

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Needle/sewing machine

Instructions

  1. Cut width of cuff you desire
  2. Fold the pleats and press the iron down as you pleat. Keep pleating with the iron until you reach the length of your wrist.
  3. Sew across with a sewing machine (this will be easier than by hand)
  4. Gather lace and pin in place across cuff
  5. Put ribbon on top of line of lace and sew all three layers together
  6. I frayed the edges of the cuffs
  7. Tie together in bow

SCEPTER

DIY Queen of Hearts Scepter, DIY Edwardian Cuffs

Supplies

  • Wooden dowel
  • Cards
  • Ribbon (black and gold)
  • Decoration for top
  • Glue

Tools

  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Heart stencils (or freehand)

Instructions

  1. Glue and wrap black ribbon around dowel. Secure with glue every few wraps.
  2. Glue decoration on top. I used a red Christmas ornament
  3. Cut cards in hearts
  4. Embellish as you like

Lolita Crown

DIY Queen of Hearts Costume - makeup, deck of cards collar, lolita crown

Queen of Hearts Jewelry - crown and earrings - DIY

Supplies

  • Rhinestones (on a chain – meaning they are connected)
  • Gold wire
  • Heart crystal beads
  • Red and gold beads

Instructions

This crown is in the gothic lolita style – they are usually made of pearls. I modified this technique and made it with rhinestone, gold wire and beads. I made the form in wire with some beads and wrapped the rhinestones throughout.

Happy Halloween! How would you make the Queen of Hearts your own version?

DIY Queen of Hearts Costume-Step by step video tutorial to make the tutu, crown, scepter and deck of cards collar.

 

DIY Spring Flower Crown Video Tutorial

DIY Spring Flower Crown (VIDEO)

DIY Flower Crown - daisies

I didn’t make this crown for any particular reason other than the fact I got hair extensions and just felt I had flower crown hair. Making one has been on my to-do list for awhile and the hair was the perfect excuse to try it. As Halloween approaches it’s good accessory for for a fairy or woodland creature costume. It’s also a vital addition for festival season and Pride. Basically any time you can dress like a lunatic I would recommend wearing one.

Selfie Flower Crown

DIY Flower Crown Tutorial

Here is my spring version of the flower crown, you can make it with or without floral tape. If you don’t have the tape you can work around it, by just gluing the flowers to the wire. Decide on your colour combination and follow the directions below.

Supplies

DIY Flower Crown Supplies and Tools

  • Various fake flowers (different colours and sizes)
  • Wire – medium thickness
  • Glue gun glue
  • Floral tape (optional)

Tools

  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pliers

Instructions

1. Pull flowers off stems including leaves

Fake Flowers2. Cut off stems. If they have them, pull plastic backings off big flowers

3. Take a piece of wire and wrap it around your head where you want the crown to sit 2-3 times.

Wire Flower Crown Base4. Take the wire and wrap it under and over itself to secure in place.

5. Start gluing biggest flowers to the crown

6. Take floral tape to make mini bouquets of smaller flowers, glue tape ends to secure (optional). If you don’t want to use floral tape just glue the flowers to the wire or each other.

7. Glue bouquets to wire crown

8. Glue flowers wherever there are spaces

9. Keep gluing until desired fullness is reached

10. Cut extra leaves off including stems

11. Glue leaves on the inside of the crown covering the wire

DIY Flower Crown - pink, peach, daisies

Try it on and admire your flower crown

DIY Coachella Crown

Where would you wear your flower crown?

 

DIY Sequin Sunhat Video Tutorial

DIY Sequin Sunhat (VIDEO)

DIY Hello Sunshine Sunhat

I have seen these sunhats everywhere. I’m pretty sure the original idea is a knock-off of a quite expensive version (I think it is by Eugenia Kim). I saw one at Holt Renfrew for hundreds of dollars. They are so cute and quirky, but the likelihood of me spending serious cash on a beach hat is slim. Especially an item that is likely to get wrecked or lost on the beach.

I’ve seen lots of funny sayings on them like: “Do Not Disturb”  “Go Away” “Beach Please” and many monogrammed versions. Since the hat seemed overpriced and I could never find the exact one with the colour, phrase and shape I wanted I decided I would DIY one.

Packing for the Beach

The DIY has simple supplies. A sunhat (duh!) I got this one last season at H&M for $7 and have been saving it for this craft. Trim of your choice, I bought my sequin trim at a fabric store by the yard. E6000 glue because it holds up to water.

I thought this craft would be easy, but it was so much harder than I expected. When I glued the trim it wouldn’t easily stick down but stuck to everything else together. I had to use tweezers to push the trim to the hat because it kept sticking to me. I almost thought this was going to be a craft fail. I also have horrible penmanship (and trust me it is really bad) so I was worried free-handing the writing would be disastrous. But I think you can tell what I wrote!

Supplies

DIY Sunhat Supplies

  • Sunhat
  • Sequin trim
  • E6000 glue
  • Masking tape (to temporarily secure the letters)

Directions

  1. Decide on the phrase you want to write. I went for “hello sunshine” Just Google and you’ll find lots of cute examples.
  2. Slowly write the words with the sequin trim and secure with masking tape to the hatDIY Sunhat Hello
  3. Glue the sequin trim to the hat and remove the tape as you glue.DIY Sunhat in progress
  4. . Let dry for at least a day.

Note: If you are comfortable you don’t have to tape the letters first you can go straight to gluing. But I knew I would mess that up; so I wouldn’t dare be that bold

Hello Sunshine Banana Bikini

DIY Sparkle Champagne Bottle

DIY Sparkle Champagne Bottle (VIDEO)

Veuve Sparkle Champagne

This craft adds something special and fun to any party. I’ve made these sparkle champagne bottles for many occasions. I made the silver Martini Astor bottles specifically for a bachelorette, the pink bottle was for the bride and the mini bottles was for the bridesmaids. The Veuve bottle was for my sister’s champagne birthday. The purple rainbow one was for my unicorn birthday party. Glitter elevates any occasion!

It is also super easy! See video and step by step instructions below.

Supplies

Supplies for sparkle champagne bottle

  • Alcohol bottle of your choice
  • Spray adhesive – I used Krylon. You can also use Modge Podge but it is messy, takes longer and doesn’t work as well.
  • Glitter colour(s) of your choice! Warning glitter will be EVERYWHERE!

Directions

Sparkle-Champagne-Tutorial

  1. Put masking or painter’s tape around the bottle cap if you are spraying the whole bottle with glitter- this will ensure you don’t get glitter on it and it will still allow you to open the bottle. Optional: Put tape on labels or anything you want to not have glitter on it. The the picture above I put tape on the labels so they would be visible
  2. Spray a light line of  aerosol glue down the bottle (keep a distance of around 10 inches)
  3. Sprinkle glitter on glue
  4. Repeat steps two and three until bottle is covered
  5. Let dry then remove the tape
  6. ENJOY!

Unicorn Champagne

That’s it! Such an easy way to add glitter to your party. How do you add sparkle to your parties? I’d love to hear from you.

DIY Doily Banner Tutorial

DIY Doily Banner (VIDEO tutorial)

This dainty doily banner is so easy and CHEAP to make! It costs under $2 to create and the effort is minimal. It is the perfect decor for an afternoon tea and all the supplies can be found at the dollar store.

I made this banner for a mutual friend’s Kentucky Derby themed bridal shower. Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend because I was on vacation; but it looked lovely from the pictures. The girls were asked to dress in floral with hats or fascinators in their hair – I love a good theme! It is hard to plan events with limited money; but it is possible to throw a stellar party when you use your creative DIY brain.

See below for instructions on how to create your own banner.

Supplies

DIY Doily Banner Supplies

  • Doilies (3 sizes)
  • Ribbon (colour choice is yours)
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. First decide on your pattern – the combination can be whatever you like. For my banner I went with the pattern: small, medium, big, medium, small. I liked this because there was a focal point in the middle
  2. Fold your doilies in half
  3. Glue the folded doilies over the ribbon in the pattern you chose. Drop some glue in the crease of the doily and press down
  4. Continue gluing the doilies until you reach your desired length
  5. Leave enough excess ribbon on both ends so that you can hang/tie the banner
  6. Hang and admire your banner

DIY Doily Banner

Have a wonderful party!

Christmas Unicorn Birthday Party

Christmas Unicorn Birthday Party!

Ardene Christmas Unicorn Dress

Being a December baby can suck. It is cold, the snow makes it difficult to go out on the town and everyone is super busy and broke. With the weather, lines and restaurant availability it is sometimes a challenge to plan a celebration. For the last little while I’ve opted to have a get-together at home to make things easier. The advantage to this is the ability to have a theme party!

I’ve always wanted to have a unicorn themed birthday party (yes, I’m an adult). But with a Christmas tree up I felt that would ruin the theme. Ugly Christmas sweater parties are popular and I remember seeing a gawdy ugly Christmas sweater with Santa riding a unicorn and thought “that is it! Let’s combine them!” Thus this year was my “Christmas Unicorn Birthday Party!”

Toronto living is small, so I tried to bring subtle unicorn details to the space. The party incorporated several DIYs – which I’ll do blog posts for at a later time 🙂 See below for how I decorated for the party.

Some simple rules to create a unicorn party are:

  1. Incorporate unicorns (duh!) in the decor and food where you can.
  2. You don’t have to be obvious and make everything a unicorn. For example the rainbow sour belts and rainbow candy canes are on theme and aren’t in the unicorn shape.
  3. Use colour, rainbows and glitter.
  4. Choose one or two focal pieces to create the theme. For me this was the cake and balloons. After those obvious pieces the theme will be apparent.

Unicorn Christmas Tree

Unicorn Christmas Tree

Unicorn Christmas Ornament

First, the Unicorn Christmas tree! I’ve had this Charlie Brown looking pink tree for years. I usually decorate it in black and silver and make it my punk rock Christmas tree – but this year it transformed into my unicorn tree. I made the unicorn decorations – I adapted my version from several online tutorials. I love how they turned out – to my friends this is what you are all getting for a present this year!

Unicorn Dessert Table & Sparkle Prosecco

Unicorn Party Dessert Table

The pièce de résistance was the unicorn cake. I was so excited; I always wanted to have one! I gently encouraged my boyfriend to get me one (i.e. I gave him the bakery and all my specifications). The details on the mane were so colourful and pretty – it must have been so much work. It was also nut-free (which is essential) and dairy-free and tasted amazing! I got it from Cakes By Robert a nut-free bakery in Toronto.

Unicorn-Cake

Unicorn Cake Mane

I also made unicorn shaped sugar cookies. Geez…cookies are hard to ice and decorate – if you can’t tell, this is the first time I’ve tried this. I think I may try taking a class; realizing I may fail at this craft hurt my ego. I also added rainbow sour belts to the table and rainbow candy canes in a unicorn mug. The gold cakestand holds orange pomegranate bread with a Santa knife, I needed to add some Christmas to the table.

I also sprayed a prosecco bottle sparkle rainbow purple. Unicorns would of course only drink from a sparkly bottle. The bottle is simple to make and make an event special. But of course glitter will get everywhere.

Unicorn Sugar Cookies

Unicorn Balloons
When my sister came over with these balloons I nearly lost my mind. They are amazing and were beyond my expectations. The base of the balloons were a star – so freakin’ cute!

Unicorn Balloons

Unicorn Birthday Party

Unicorn Dessert Table and Balloons

Outfit Theme
I told my guests “The theme is Christmas Unicorn. Wear whatever that means to you: an ugly Xmas sweater, sparkles, rainbow!” I found the most perfect ‘ugly’ Christmas sweater dress at Ardene’s that incorporated unicorns and I knew it was perfect as soon as I saw it.  See more outfit pictures on Unicorn Ugly Xmas Dress post.

Unicorn Christmas Dress

I ate cake for breakfast for days after this celebration!

Unicorn Dessert

DIY Effie Trinket Costume Tutorial

Effie Trinket Costume (The Hunger Games) – VIDEO

DIY Effie Trinket Costume Video Tutorial - Bright Shadows - DIY the outfit, fascinator and find the right accessories.

I am not ashamed that I am a huge fan of The Hunger Games. The books are more about revolution than teen love and angst. In the movies I thoroughly enjoyed the fashion of the cruel Capitol. Seeing the Effie Trinket monarch butterfly costume took my breath away.

Effie Trinket Cosplay

Effie Trinket Monarch Butterfly Costume

I decided I would attempt to make this costume for Halloween, although I’m not the best sewer. But I am SO proud of how this costume came out! 

Below are the supplies, tools and instructions to make your own Effie Trinket costume.

Supplies

Dress and shirt

  • Monarch butterfly fabric from Spoonflower 
  • Interfacing
  • Black fabric lining for the skirt
  • Zipper
  • Hook and eye
  • Black thread

Fascinator

  • Feather butterflies
  • Black wire
  • Black felt and the same black lining you used on the skirt
  • Hair clip
  • Black cord

Makeup

Effie Trinket Make up Supplies

  • Paper eyelashes
  • White powder for your face
  • Yellow eyeshadow (I used NYX)
  • Feather butterfly to glue near your eye
  • Black eyeliner
  • Eyelash Glue

Accessories

  • Black fingerless gloves (bought)
  • Feather butterflies on clear elastic to put on your arms
  • Feather necklace (black lace, feather butterflies, velcro)
  • Force your boyfriend to be a tribute to complement the costume

Hunger Games Couples Costume

District 12 - The Hunger Games

Tools 

  • Sewing machine
  • Iron (for the interfacing)
  • Glue gun
  • Pliers (for the fascinator and necklace)

Instructions 

Skirt

  1. Cut a rectangle in the monarch fabric at least double your waist (more if you’d like it fuller). Add about an inch to the length to allow for the seams.
  2. Do the same with the black lining except the lining must be a smaller size (in length and width) than the outside fabric.
  3. Turn up the bottom seams of both fabrics by about a 1/4 inch and sew the seam.
  4. For the waistband cut approximately 3 inches and fold in half over 1 inch of interfacing. An iron is needed to attach the fusiable interfacing.
  5. This will be your waistband which you attach the skirt to.
  6. Evenly gather the skirt to the waistband and sew the top pieces of the fabric together.In progress gathered skirt
  7. Sew the skirt to the waistband. I found this tutorial helpful.
  8. Sew the sides together and attach a zipper on the side.

Monarch Butterfly Skirt

For the shirt I did my best to copy a current shirt I own. I ran out of fabric so needed to add a lace insert on the back of the shirt (oops!)

Necklace  

Use a piece of black lace and stick the wire connected to the butterfly through the lace. Twist and cut the wire short. Do this all over the lace alternating sizes. Secure with Velcro at the neck and cute off any excess lace. 

Put a few butterflies on clear elastic and wear them on your arms for an illusion effect.

Effie Trinket Halloween Costume

Effie Trinket Cosplay

Fascinator

Monarch Butterfly Fascinator

Cut a piece of felt in a circle and fuse with the interfacing. Cut halfway down the middle and glue into a cone shape. Cover with your desired fabric. Puncture a hole in the back of the butterfly. Fill the hole with hot glue and insert the wire. Puncture other end through felt circle and secure back with glue. Embellish as you desire and add a clip. 

Makeup

Effie Trinket Make up

Keep the makeup very nude. I put my normal pale makeup on then covered it with white powder. Nude barely there lipstick and bright yellow eyeshadow surrounds the eyes. Black liner and delicate paper lashes complete the look.

May the odds ever be in your favour!

Happy Halloween!

DIY PaperBag Princess Costume Tutorial

DIY PaperBag Princess Halloween Costume

DIY PaperBag Princess Halloween Costume

Paperbag Princess CrownThe classic feminist fairy tale The PaperBag Princess by Robert Munch was always one of my favourites as a child. She was so different from all of the other princess books and it was a good message that perhaps planted the seed to me studying gender studies at university – but maybe that’s a stretch.  Anyways, it is such a great kids story.

This usually is an easy, straightforward costume to create – a square bag with a hole for your head and arms and a yellow construction paper crown. Of course, I wasn’t going to do a normal version of this costume, I wanted create a haute couture version of the dress. See instructions on how to create your own fancy Paperbag Princess dress below! As a bonus this costume is CHEAP to make – since most of the material is brown paper bags.

 

DIY PaperBag Princess Costume

Supplies

PaperBag Princess Halloween Costume Supplies

Dress:

  • Brown paper bags – lots of them!
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Elastic (to make a skirt waistband)
  • Duct Tape (to secure the bags on the backside of skirt)
  • Mini dragon stuffed animal

Crown

  • Gold wire
  • Gold coloured crystals

Make-up

  • Regular make-up routine and,
  • Brown eyeshadow to make your face look dirty.

Accessories (optional)

  • Boyfriend to be your Prince Ronald
  • Cover your shoes with brown paper bags

PaperBag Princess Robert Munch

Prince Ronald and the PaperBag Princess - Couples Costume

Instructions

Skirt

  1. Cut an elastic band a length slightly smaller than your waist (approximately 1-2 inches). Sew in place
  2. Cut bags apart to create flat rectangles
  3. Lay them flat and cut the corners off the top part which will loop around the elastic.
  4. Loop the top part over the elastic and secure with glue – SCRUNCH the bottom part of the bag
  5. Create multiple layers of bags under the first layer until you receive the desired length and fullness. Tape the layers into place with duct tape (glue may also work)
  6. Scrunch the bags to get the a puffy crinoline look

Note: You need to wear something under this dress; especially in case it rains (which it did when I wore it – hence the costume did not survive a second Halloween).

PaperBag Princess Skirt in progress

Shirt

  1. Tape multiple bags together until it can reach around your chest
  2. Tape closure on the back or side while you wear the shirt
  3. Play with accordion folds to make the strap more interesting
  4. Add a dragon!

Dragon on shoulder

Crown

Paperbag Princess Crown

  1. Make a circle with the gold wire
  2. Loop five triangular points around the circle. As you make the points add a gold crystal at the top, twist the wire to secure the bead and create the next point.
  3. Once the points are complete add a thin wire with a gold bead above the first circle; twist around the points to secure it.
  4. The crown doesn’t have to be perfect, being bent adds to the look.

Happy Halloween! Have fun and be safe!